This wine was just odd. I alternated between deciding it was corked (a rarity for Carlisle) and it was just one weird syrah. This was my first Sierra Mar, and was nothing like the Sonoma County I've had in the past. Our group decided that this was dominated by a green olive note, and a few people picked up a briney note (prior to reading the CT notes). These aromas seem in line with most of the recent CT notes, so maybe this is just how this wine tastes. If so, this is unlike any Cali syrah I've ever had. Also interesting that the first 12 CT notes have no mention of olive and then 6 of the last 11 do. One of the group loved this bottle and will be buying my Sierra Mar allocation I just purchased, so maybe it's a style thing. In summary, this syrah was either not my style or flawed.
Nose: Tar, smoke, fresh raspberries, flowers and cassis in abundance. After air more black fruits and tree moss show. Very cool nose! Palate: Raspberries initially with black fruits after air much like the nose. Secondary flavors of smoke and charcoal show after aeration as well. Finish is medium-long and very clean. The alc level is just over 14% and the balance is awesome. My first Sierra Mar and it does not dissappoint (wish I had more than this one bottle). Have two each of both 2011 and 2012 and looking forward to those at some future point.
Boy this wine really surprised me, easily the best wine I have ever had from Sierra Mar. Smoke, tar, black olives, backed by dark fruit. This wine was a pop and pour, and well from the start, but also it deepened and evolved in the glass.
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